David Goyer (“Blade: Trinity,” “The Invisible”) will direct “Magneto”, the “X-Men” spin-off in early development at Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios.
The story focuses on a young Magneo as he comes to grips with his mutant ability to manipulate metal objects as he and his parents try to survive in Auschwitz. Magneto meets Professor Xavier when the latter is a soldier liberating the concentration camp.
Magneto hones his powers by hunting down and killing Nazi war criminals who tortured him, and his lust for vengeance turns Xavier and Magneto into enemies.
The characters will not be played by Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, rather by actors in their twenties. Goyer will be working off a script by Sheldon Turner.
Fox and Marvel are already hard at work on another “X-Men” spin-off, “Wolverine” which is on the fast-track hunt for a director and will likely be made before “Magneto.”